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11 of the best design coffee table books to collect now

Consider these the most stylish new releases to stack on your shelf or coffee table this spring

By Vogue UK | September 28, 2021 | Category

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Picture: Unsplash

Nothing dresses up a table, shelf or sideboard better than a coffee table book—and what better way to update your home than with this season’s newest design releases?

Thanks to a smattering of new releases from leading interior designers like Tamsin Johnson and Mim Design, plus a number of intriguing design-led new titles, there’s plenty of excuses to hit your local bookshop or trusted online book seller this spring.

Whether you’re looking to instil more calm or colour into your life, or just want to take a deep dive into another design aesthetic, these coffee table tomes will happily transport you to another place entirely. Keep reading for a round up of all our favourite published and soon-to-be-published titles.

The best new coffee table books for spring 2021

Sydney-based designer Tamsin Johnson’s flair for design is well noted here at Vogue Living, and her projects are often featured in our publication. Johnson's knowledge of vintage furniture and contemporary art imbues her work with a playful and irreverent edge, and this book celebrates her projects in Sydney, Melbourne, New York, Paris, and London.

R850, Amazon

Melbourne-based design and architecture practice Mim Design celebrates 21 years of crafting high-end interiors for all manner of residential, retail, hospitality and commercial projects. Founded by Miriam Fanning in 2000, Works selects 13 of Mim Design’s most standout projects—perfectly highlighted with beautiful imagery from some of Australia’s leading photographers.

R1300, Mim Design

A celebration of the power and vitality of colour, especially in regards to the design industry, Vivid is strikingly laid out with eight chapters each dedicated to a single hue. Prepare to be inspired to invite more colour into your home.

R510, Amazon

If you’re a sucker for the country way of life, this book will appeal to every one of your cottagecore whims. Featuring a plethora of rural lifestyle inspiration, it features interiors from places as magical as the Hawkesbury Highlands to Satellite Island. Available 29 September.

R695, Amazon

A stunning book curated by interior stylist/hotelier Lynda Gardener and journalist/stylist Ali Heath, Curate shows you how to design a truly singular home. Featuring 10 homes, it’s filled with useful advice and aspirational imagery.

R536, Amazon

If you’ve ever dreamt of getting lost in the Nordic woods or staying holed up in a mountain lodge in Montana, this book is a salve for your weary soul. Featuring an enviable collection of cottages and cabins accompanied by practical design advice, Escapology is a bible for The North Face-wearing tribe.

R439, Amazon

If there’s one thing we all need a little more of right now, it’s calm. Dennings demonstrates how to create a more tranquil environment by showcasing a mixture of real-life homes—from country houses to city apartments—and dispensing sage advice on how to emulate them. Available 12 October.

R541, Amazon

There’s an enduring romanticism to the free-spirited lifestyles of bohemians, something which author Miv Watts attempts to distil by opening up the doors to 25 delightfully eclectic and eccentric homes around the world, including those of Marianne Faithfull, Wendy Whiteley and Linda Rodin. Available 15 October.

R453, Amazon

Scientist, designer and teacher Sarah Andrews offers her unique take on design in this striking hardcover book. From teaching an online design school to renovating the remote Tasmanian shack she now calls home, Andrews shares a number of fascinating insights she’s picked up along the way. Available 29 September.

R541, Amazon

There are few who are immune to the charm of French provincial interiors, least of all interior designer and journalist Sara Slim. Her coffee table book highlights a deep knowledge of French country style, coupled with recipes and practical design tips. Available 28 September.

R530, Chateau Montfort

Professional organiser and design guru Shira Gill is an expert at de-cluttering and organising the home, with her method built around five key steps: Clarify, Edit, Organise, Elevate, and Maintain. Her debut book offers all the guidance you need to live a more streamlined life. Available 12 October.

R417, Amazon

Written by Yeong Sassall.

This article originally appeared on Vogue Living Australia.